Witches Brew & More Halloween Punch Recipes
What would a Halloween party be without witches brew? It just adds so much to the theme and feel of a great Halloween party. There are so many varieties of witches brew that you are sure to find the perfect recipe below.
You can have a punch with dry ice or just throw in a couple of fake eyeballs. Either way, it is sure to be a hit!
Easy Witches Brew Recipe
How To Make Witches Brew
Photo by Travelin' Librarian on Flickr
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 2 qts. cider
- 2 (6 oz.) cans concentrate orange juice
- 1 qt. ginger ale
Heat sugar, spice, and 1 cup cider just until sugar melts. Add remaining cider; mix well. Cool.
Halloween Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz Yellow Chartreuse®
- 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1/2 oz spiced brandy
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1 dash allspice
Shake all the ingredients together and serve in a chilled glass. You can garnish with with Halloween candy on the rim, and maybe even some sugar!
Recipe courtesy of drinkmixer.com
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Halloween Party Centerpiece Idea
Besides having a ghoulishly good punch at my Halloween parties, I also enjoy serving up some tasty Halloween treats. I set up a buffet style table with things like eyeball deviled eggs, mummy wrapped hot dogs, witches finger cookies, and more tasty foods.
The table is made more festive with the use of a Halloween themed tablecloth or fabric with a Halloween color scheme draped over the tops of containers that can be used to create levels.
I add some battery votive candles and of course a cool centerpiece like the Halloween cookie bouquet shown to the right or a Halloween gift basket to complete the spook-tacular presentation.
Spook-tacular Halloween Cupcake Ideas
Halloween is the perfect time to bake up some scary Halloween treats to share with fellow party-goers and kids on the block. In this article, I've gathered up some of my favorite Halloween cupcake design photos as well as a couple of my favorite Halloween cupcake recipes.
From witches to ghosts and goblins to scary spiders, these cupcake designs are sure to add a festive touch to your Halloween activities. I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas as much as my family has... Happy Halloween!
Halloween Spiderweb Cupcake Recipe
For at least 10 years, my family has been enjoying a form of spiderweb cupcakes every Halloween. These cupcakes are super easy to make and you can vary the icing color making some white, some purple, and some orange with black or white "webs". For the spiders, I usually use gummy spiders as the kids don't seem to love gumdrops quite as much.
To keep things nice and easy, I suggest purchasing some Halloween themed cupcake baking liners along with your favorite boxed cake mix and a tub or two of white frosting (e.g. vanilla or cream cheese).
To create the cupcakes as shown in the photograph, you'll also need (per cake mix which yields 24 cupcakes):
- Orange food coloring
- 1 tube black decorating gel or melted chocolate
- Black string licorice
- 25 large gumdrops
1) Simply bake the cupcakes in the Halloween liners following the instructions on the cake box.
2) To make the orange frosting base, mix the tub of white frosting with some yellow and red food coloring drops to create the orange frosting color you desire. Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them with the orange frosting.
3) Using the black decorating gel or melted chocolate inside a plastic bag (cut-off the corner to make it like a piping bag), make 3 or 4 concentric circles radiating out from the center of the cupcake. Then use a toothpick starting at the center of the cupcake and pulling to the edge of the cupcake about 8 times around the entire circumference to create the web-like appearance.
4) Take a large gumdrop and attach 3 or 4 pieces of black string licorice to each side to make the spider legs (if you poke a hole in the gumdrop using a toothpick where you want to insert the licorice, you'll have an easier time doing this step). Use the black decorating gel to put a couple eyes on each gumdrop and place the completed spider on top the cupcake web.
Halloween Graveyard & Ghost Cupcakes
These boo-tiful cupcakes are super cute and easy to make in most cases. I've found that Pepperidge Farm Milano and Nutter Butter Cookies dipped in white chocolate are the perfect shape to make tombstones on cupcakes.
Ghosts can be created from fondant either by rolling it out and using a mini-cutter to get the shape or by draping a round sheet of thin fondant over a mound of icing. Then just add some eyes using black gel frosting. My goal is to keep things quick and easy!
Halloween Witch Cupcake Recipe
Making these witch cupcakes tends to be a little more involved and time-consuming than making spiderweb cupcakes. That said, you will be rewarded with some adorable witches that will get rave reviews from all the kids and Halloween party-goers. As with the spiderweb cupcakes, I suggest that you simply bake your favorite boxed cake mix in fun Halloween themed cupcake liners. Cool them and you are ready to decorate as follows.
1) Using green food coloring, tint a tub or vanilla or cream cheese (any white flavor) icing a witch green color. Frost the 24 cooled cupcakes and set aside.
2) The most difficult thing in the entire decorating process is creating the witch's hat and brim. Take 12 Oreo cookies and separate them into 24 cookie halves (remove the cream filling) or you could use 24 flat, round, chocolate wafer cookies. Set the 24 cookie halves on a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Then take 24 chocolate ice cream waffle cones and trim the edges so that they will set flat on top of the cookie halves. Melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power so the chocolate doesn't burn. Then, drizzle the cookie halves with the melted chocolate and press the cones down into the melted chocolate. Let the cones set on the cookies to cool. When fully cooled, the cones and cookies should form a pointed witch hat.
3) After the hat chocolate is set. Place a pointed hat on toward the edge (off-center) of each cupcake. Decorate the cupcakes using licorice for the eyes and mouth, and either black gel frosting or melted chocolate for the hair and eyebrows. I suggest using a small green gumdrop, M&M or other small candy for the witch's nose.
People are just so creative and I'm always thoroughly impressed by all the great home and professional bakers out there that come up with such fun designs. These cute witch cupcakes are no exception. It appears that creating a pointed witches hat is about all it takes to create an awesome Halloween cupcake!
Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Graham Crackers... Oh my!
What kid doesn't love roasting marshmallows over a campfire to make ooey-gooey s'mores? I fondly remember camping with my family and every night sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows that we'd top with classic mini chocolate bars.
Well, we can't go camping every night, but we can enjoy that same taste right in our own homes... with cupcakes! These s'mores cupcakes combine chocolate, marshmallows, and even graham crackers to give you the flavor of this gourmet dessert... without all the smoke. Let's get to the cupcakes!
How To Make S'mores Cupcakes
Start with the graham crackers
You will need a chocolate cake mix, homemade graham cracker crust mix, and 4 chocolate Hershey bars.
Picture courtesy of Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake on Flickr
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1.5 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons room temperature butter
- You can make the can buy the graham cracker crumbs already crushed or take actual crackers and chop them in a food processor. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Take about 1 T of graham cracker mix and press it firmly into the bottom cupcake liners. Break up Hershey's bar into squares. You should have 48 squares (enough for 24 cupcakes). Place one square in each cupcake tin on top of the graham cracker. Bake in a preheated oven for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Make your cake mix. Go easy on yourself and use a chocolate cake mix from a box - I won't tell anyone!
- Add the mix on top of the melted chocolate. Place one more piece of the Hershey's chocolate bar on top of each cupcake and bake according to box instructions. Let cool.
NOTE - When we are making S'mores for an adult bonfire or other party, we often use gourmet chocolate such as Ghirardelli, Guittard, etc. instead of the standard Hershey bars.
Adding The Marshmallow Cream Frosting
Topping off your s'mores cupcake
Marshmallow Cream Frosting
- 3 Egg Whites
- 2 C Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 T Vanilla
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Beat for 10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Then blend in the vanilla. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
- Now comes the fun part! Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the marshmallow cream frosting. Be careful not to burn the liners. Top off with any leftover graham cracker crumbs you may have. Serve immediately.